25 Things You Didn't Know About Minor Characters In 'Star Wars'

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Vote up the most surprising facts about minor characters.

In the Star Wars universe, a minor character is someone who has spent little time on screen, or they could be someone who is vitally important, but you only learned their name through the credits or by purchasing their action figure. Whatever their role in the films, comics, books, or cartoons might be, a minor character is often someone with a rich backstory. It's almost impossible to find a random background character in a Star Wars project that doesn't have a ton of stuff written about them - that's just how Star Wars is.

Of course, not every minor character is as important as others, nor are they as beloved. One could argue that Boba Fett was a minor character in the original trilogy. Still, it's difficult to say the man is minor since his backstory has been expanded upon so much in the prequels, comics, and The Mandalorian. Regardless, there are tons of minor characters in the franchise who are spread all over the place. These characters are often fan favorites or underrated Star Wars characters, including scene stealers like Salacious Crumb and Wedge Antilles.

Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fan base doesn't know about some of its minor characters. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about Star Wars' minor characters. Take a gander below and be sure to vote up the coolest things you learned about the franchise's best minor characters!

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    Yaddle Was One Of The Most Dangerous Members Of The Jedi Council

    Of all the Jedi High Council members, Yaddle is probably the one fans know the least about. As a member of Yoda's species (the name of which has never been revealed), Yaddle sparks interest, but her presence on the Council is about all that's known of her from the films. After her appearance in The Phantom Menace, she wasn't seen again, as she opted to step down from the Council, leaving her seat vacant for Master Shaak Ti.

    While there isn't much known about Yaddle from her film depiction, she has a pretty decent backstory. While she was well-known for her wisdom and love of scholarly pursuits, she was also one of the most dangerous members of the Jedi Council. Her Force abilities were unparalleled among her Council peers, as she was a master of the power known as morichro. This ability allows a Force user to slow an opponent's bodily functions so much that they perish - all without making physical combat.

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    Depa Billaba Was Mace Windu’s Padawan And Mastered The Vapaad Form Of Lightsaber Combat

    When Depa Billaba came to the Jedi Order, Master Mace Windu took her as his Padawan, training her to become a Jedi. After going through her training, she eventually became a Master. By the time she's introduced in the prequel trilogy, she's sitting with her Master as a member of the Jedi Council. Billaba's lightsaber training made her an expert in one of the rarest forms of combat known as Vapaad, a variant of Form VII.

    Vapaad is known as the "Ferocity Form" and is the most aggressive and unpredictable method of lightsaber combat. The only two Jedi known to have mastered it were Windu (who created it) and his Padawan-turned Master. Windu designed Vapaad to draw on a person's anger and passion without giving into them. For this reason, it was dangerous for most Jedi to learn, and Windu was wary of teaching it to anyone but his Padawan.

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    Sabé And The Handmaidens Broke Into Padmé’s Tomb With Darth Vader

    Sometime after the Duel on Cloud City, Sabé and her team of Rebels were inside a base on Vendaxa when it was attacked by Vendaxan land squids. Every member of her team was slain, and just before Sabé met her end, a lightsaber ignited, and Darth Vader stepped in to save the day! When he saw Sabé, he recognized her as Padmé, which jarred the Dark Lord of the Sith.

    Vader's companion, a forensics droid, commented that the woman standing before them looked just like the deceased senator. After Vader disarmed her, she told him, "I am Padmé Amidala... Queen... Senator... Daughter of Naboo... back from the dead to haunt you to your grave." Vader quickly Force-choked her, but this brought back memories of his final moment with Padmé, so he stopped.

    After some escaping and catching up, the two agreed to work together to unravel the truth of Padmé’s demise after Sabé's identity was finally revealed. Vader wanted to confirm that Padmé was pregnant when she passed, so he was willing to work with the former handmaiden. They traveled together for a little while before making their way to Padmé's tomb. They found a med implant, but Vader wasn't able to analyze the data on the planet it sent them to, leaving him to return to his master to face his wrath for failing to turn Luke Skywalker over to the dark side of the Force.

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    Jocasta Nu Created A Holocron Vault After Order 66, Which Luke Used When Building His Jedi Order

    Jedi Master Jocasta Nu was the chief librarian of the Jedi Archives during the Galactic Republic. She managed all of the data and information stored in the archives, including the Holocrons stored in the vault, and she knew more about the history of the Jedi Order than anyone. Her primary job was to catalog and store information, but she helped other Jedi in their search for data pertaining to their relevant missions.

    Jocasta Nu managed to survive the Great Jedi Purge, but she didn't simply go into hiding and fade away. Instead, she worked hard to preserve the knowledge she had, intending to establish a covert school to train Jedi. She even went so far as to sneak into the ruins of the Temple on Coruscant to retrieve a Holocron that contained the names of all the Force-sensitive children in the galaxy.

    Ultimately, Nu wasn't able to escape from Coruscant and was captured by Darth Vader. When she warned him of what the Emperor might do with the Holocron she carried, he destroyed it. He also did away with Nu, but her labors weren't in vain. She managed to store quite a lot of information before she perished, and it was all found by Luke Skywalker years later.

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    Qi’ra Was Trained By Maul And Dueled Darth Vader Prior To ‘Return of the Jedi’

    Solo: A Star Wars Story introduced Qi'ra into the franchise as someone who grew up alongside Han on the streets of Corellia, but when he managed to escape, she was left behind. Towards the end of the film, she returns as a member of the Crimson Dawn, though her road to that position took some time and a lot of effort. When she was captured, she was sold into slavery. 

    Qi'ra was passed around until she was purchased by Dryden Vos, the public face of the Crimson Dawn. It was Dos who trained her in martial arts, making her into a killer. She was branded and made a lieutenant of the organization. After she replaced Vos as the public face of the Crimson Dawn, Darth Maul (the true leader of the organization) trained her in the art of Teräs Käsi. 

    Eventually, she found herself in a duel with none other than the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Her skills impressed the Sith, who asked her, "Who trained you? Who was your master?" Her response only hinted at her Sith master and trainer. While she managed to impress Vader, her inability to command the Force ultimately made her impressive but incapable of defeating him. Just as he was about to end her, the arrival of Luke Skywalker distracted him enough so that she could escape.

    Their meeting came shortly before the events of Return of the Jedi when she had agents of the Crimson Dawn secure the carbonite-frozen body of Han Solo from Boba Fett before he could deliver him to Jabba the Hutt. She led an auction for him, but Vader stepped in and claimed ownership. She challenged him to produce the 1 million credits owed to her, and after implying that the Empire welches on its debts, their duel began.

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    Poe's Mother, Shara Bey, Infiltrated An Imperial Research Base With Luke Skywalker To Recover Force-Sensitive Tree Saplings

    A few months after the Battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker recruited Shara Bey (Poe Dameron's mother) for a mission to recover the remnants of a Force-sensitive tree on the planet Vetine. Uneti trees, like the one shown to house the Ancient Jedi texts on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi, were integral parts of Jedi (and Sith) temples, and the one Luke sought was once housed at the heart of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

    After the two Rebels (and R2) conned their way into the Imperial research base on Vetine, they located the tree and two surviving sapling samples. Their ploy was quickly discovered, and they had to fight their way out. In the end, they escaped with both saplings. The two talked about Bey's plans on their trip home, and Luke gifted her one of the saplings. She took it, and knowing its importance, she planted it outside her home on Yavin 4.